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A Head-to-Head Comparison Between Shopify and Magento – The Most Popular Ecommerce Platforms

shopify-and-magento-1Success of an online business widely depends upon the ecommerce platform that you select as it ensures the flexibility, ease of maintenance and reliability of the web store. Thanks to the programmers that today we have wide range of choices for web design and development of our ecommerce website. But, the most critical part of this process is selecting the best platform for our startup business and it becomes more crucial as once you proceed you can’t revert; the only ecommerce option would have then is to start everything from zero again. So, let’s today compare the two most popular platform – shopify and magento.

Though both of these two are acclaimed and used for stunning web design and development and are well suited to create feature packed web stores, both are much different fundamentally and one should know those before proceeding to comparison part.

  • Magento is an open source and you can use it, customize it – totally free of cost. Whereas Shopify is a commercial product and you have to purchase it before you can use it.
  • Being an open-source, you need to purchase your hosting server, have to install and customize it on your own. However, Shopify is free from these technical complexities and everything would be hosted by them on their company server.

Now, when we have learnt the basic differences, let’s start the comparison on the apparently similar factors about web design and development using these ecommerce platforms.

Store Development Features

Both Shopify and Magento have advanced features to create brilliant web store with excellent features and it is hard to give extra mark to any of these in this regard. However, magento is much more complex to develop and needs well experienced web development company to complete it successfully.

Product Inventory

While magento is literally free, it allows the developer or owner of the website to create and manage unlimited number of products under the groups and subgroups. You’ll get all the necessary reports regarding your store as well. On the contrary, Shopify charges you around $14 per moth just for 25 products which is actually there starter plan.

Discount & Coupon Feature

It is a vital part of any web store to attract new customers. But, shopify’s startup plan might upset its users; you can avail this feature on all other higher plans. Magento again overtakes shopify by offering excellent discount and coupon management feature and all for free. However, to implement it successfully you must have to hire any of the top web development company in Kolkata.

Payment Gateway Integration

Reliable and secure way to pay online increases the chance of conversion remarkably and it is a crucial part of any ecommerce website. However, magento lacks here to compete with shopify which offers option to integrate 70 different payment gateways. While you have to rely on third–party add-ons if you go for magento.

There are several other things that we would discuss later on a detailed article. Hope, these are enough for you to come to a conclusion about choosing your ecommerce platform. However, it is always suggested to consult with your ecommerce development company for their expert suggestion and we believe they will guide you properly.

Author: Soumya Banerjee

Soumya Banerjee is the General Manager of Sketch Web Solutions, a mobile & web development company based in India. He has been adeptly handling this role for over five years now and has advised his professionals on many advanced and complicated IT projects. You can follow Mr. Banerjee on Facebook or LinkedIn.

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